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Anyone who was of a certain youthful age in the 1990s will no doubt remember the 1996 movie Trainspotting. Based on Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel of the same name, it’s a black comedy that follows a group of heroin addicts (and loveable rogues)—Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie—in Edinburgh in the 1980s as they try to quit the drug, struggle to make a living, ruminate on life, and party.

It came around at the same time as the Britpop indie music explosion and, featuring many of the Britpop artists on the soundtrack, along with its stylistic yet bleak directing by Danny Boyle and quotable dialogue about bucking the system and being an outsider, it became a cult hit. Well, that’s probably underplaying it.

It became a cultural signify of the times, with the poster taking its rightful place on students’ bedroom walls across the world, alongside those of Pulp Fiction and Scarface.

And now, 20 years after its release comes the first full trailer for its sequel. Titled T2 Trainspotting it’s a bit like a big reunion for everyone involved in the original film. Director Boyle is back on board, along with screenwriter John Hodge and the film’s stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle.

The story is set 20 years after Trainspotting and the plot sees the drug addicted gang getting back together for more chaos. It doesn’t give away much of the plot, other than Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) heads back to his old stomping ground after two decades being away.

Some of the story is based on Welsh’s novel Porno which follows the four friends 10 years after the events of the original novel.

Speaking about the sequel to VICE earlier this year Welsh said the following:

John [Hodge] has delivered this knockout script, which is absolutely fantastic. It’s based on Porno, but it’s also evolved. We’ve had to evolve past that, because the actors would have been ten years older when Porno came out, and now they’re 20 years older. It has to take into account that reality. It’s very much telling a story about Edinburgh as it currently is. The main element to the story is basically Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud getting back together again, and it tells the story of them getting involved in the vice industry in a very innovative way.

I think it has some fantastic set pieces and great opportunities for the actors to knock it out of the park, so I’m very excited. I just know that Danny will come up with this amazing visualisation. I think it’s going to be excellent. The thing that’s going to be interesting is seeing how the young kids in the multiplex cinemas get on with it now, because they’re older guys – it’s not going to be a youth movie like Trainspotting was. It could be like watching your uncle dance at a wedding. Hopefully it will be fun and crazy enough. It’s got the potential for some great, incendiary performances from the actors.

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